When you have missing teeth it is important to replace them. Even though you can still chew your food and you are not worried about how it affects your smile, bad things are happening. Teeth are under constant pressure to move. So when a tooth is removed, the tooth that used to bite against it and the one behind it will start to drift into its position. This can destabilize your bite.
Implants are a great way and often time the most predictable way to replace teeth. Look at your missing tooth as having two parts, the root that held the crown in place and the top of the tooth that you used to smile with and chew your food. The implant is a metal rod that is placed in the bone to act as a root. It is titanium and is very strong. After it is placed, a crown is then attached to the top of it to replace the top part of your tooth. You now have an entirely new tooth made of titanium and porcelain. When done correctly, it is hard to tell it is not your natural tooth.
What are the steps involved in getting a dental implant?
If you recently lost a tooth or have full or partial dentures, you might want to consider dental implants. Getting an implant is basically a three part process:
1. An anchor - a titanium screw - is embedded in the jaw bone.
2. A post is inserted into the anchor to hold an artificial tooth.
3. The artificial tooth is attached to the post.
How permanent are Dental Implants?
Most implants should last a lifetime. Over the past 30 years, thousands of implants remain in place and still function like natural teeth.
Is a Dental Implant right for you?
Implants can provide a permanent and esthetically pleasing alternative to bridgework or dentures. In most cases, it is impossible to distinguish an implant-supported tooth from a natural tooth.
• Look and feel like natural teeth
• Allow you to speak, smile and eat with confidence - unlike many bridges and dentures that often loosen and cause embarrassment
• Require no special care, just brushing and flossing like your natural teeth
Want to find out more about Dental Implants Wellington ...
You probably have questions. We can answer them and, based on an analysis of your situation, tell you whether dental implants would be right for you. To have a dental implant you should have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.